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Wednesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-March-2013  13:36:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia has signed onto a European Cybercrime Treaty. Australia has now formally joined 38 other nations as a party to the world’s first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet. “Australia becoming a party to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime will help combat criminal offences relating to forgery, fraud, child pornography, and infringement of copyright and intellectual property,” said Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus.

Several tech giants have been ordered to attend a parliamentary enquiry into allegations of price gouging in Australia. Apple, Microsoft and Adobe each received a summons from the committee last Thursday, Labor MP Ed Husic said. The committee is investigating the impact of IT prices on Australian consumers. It has said Australians pay more than consumers in other countries for hardware and software. The managing directors of all three companies, including Apple’s rarely seen local chief Tony King, are expected to attend the hearing in Canberra on March 22.

It's being widely reported that The Pirate Bay are now being hosted from North Korea, but this seems to be a deliberate hoax. It appears that the announcement is a hoax and a commentary on how the Western world is cracking down on file sharing and piracy. However, it's a highly technical prank. To those using the service, it would seem that the site's IP address is located in Pyongyang, North Korea.

TomsHardware have compared Crysis 3 performance on 16 video cards. Crysis 3 boasts amazing graphics quality, and is based on an engine that takes the strongest PCs to their knees. Is it playable on low-end hardware? Can we run this one at its highest detail levels on today's graphics cards? Our benchmarks tell the story.

BMW/Mini have launched a real-world driving game. The British icon has developed an app called the "Driving Excitement Analyser" that can be downloaded to the car via iPhone. The app encourages drivers to access the sporty nature of their Mini by scoring their driving technique. The game is only available in overseas models fitted with the Mini Connected internet service at the moment, but BMW Australia is evaluating introducing such features in the future. Discussion here.

Here's a cool video about a new motion magnification technique, making some normally invisible things become visible. A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a computer program that reveals colors and motions in video that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.

In an interesting example of democracy via technology, the US Government has responded to a petition about mobile phone unlocking - and agrees with it. The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren't bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network.

TheReg report on a UK prisoner, behind bars for hacking, who took IT classes and hacked the prison computers, thanks Gunna - although it's unclear exactly how serious this second "hacking" was. Fox said he was not aware of Webber's crimes when the hacker joined the prison's IT class. Fox also maintained that it wasn't his decision to admit the lad to the course, which aims to give young offenders skills that will give them a better chance of finding gainful employment once they leave prison.

PanicBlog looked inside an Apple AV adapter cable and found more than you'd expect. Your eyes don’t deceive you — that tiny chip says ARM. And the H9TKNNN2GD part number on there points towards RAM — 2Gb worth. In short: it appears the Lightning Digital AV Adapter has a SoC CPU. So, AirPlay (or AirPlay-like MPEG streaming) makes a lot more sense now.



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